If you are considering giving the vinegar and honey diet a try, there are a few things you should know. This is true for any diet or passing fad that might catch your eye. Some have merit, but many may be more wishful thinking than fact.
Vinegar and Honey Diet
The vinegar and honey diet seems to be a mixture of fact and fad. The diet was originally created in the 1950s by a doctor, D. C. Jarvis, who wrote about combining apple cider vinegar with honey to create a sort of folk medicine that addressed a variety of ailments and weight loss and generally promoted good health.
Both the vinegar and the honey have a variety of beneficial nutritional properties that cannot be overlooked. Here are just a few of them.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, and vinegars in general, are made through a fermentation process that creates a highly acidic liquid. Vinegars are used for a variety of purposes, including cooking, medicinal uses, and in dieting. Some naturopaths suggest vinegars can help medicinally with infections and to promote weight loss. Apple cider vinegar is produced from apples and is both acidic and bitter. It’s generally recommended that this vinegar be sweetened with fruit juices or honey and diluted with water when drinking. Because vinegars vary in acidity, it may be necessary to use more or less sweeteners depending on the brand you purchase.
Honey is considered to be one of the very best natural sweeteners. There are a variety of types of honey, the most common being clover honey. Nutritionally, honey is a source of antioxidants, and many people turn to raw honey as a remedy for hay fever and allergies.
How the Diet Works
Like the thought of yesteryear, a mixture of vinegar and honey is still widely considered to be a weight loss tool. Today, experts argue over the effectiveness of a vinegar and honey diet for weight loss, but the case for its cure-all properties has all but been completely dropped by mainstream medical science.
The diet is simple. It involves mixing about one tablespoon of equal parts vinegar and honey into a glass of water or into fruit juice and drinking this mixture prior to meals. How long you follow the diet depends on how much weight loss you are trying to achieve. Those looking to shed only a few pounds may follow the diet for only a couple weeks. Others working to lose many pounds may need to continue the diet for many weeks.
A Warning About Vinegar Dieting
Many doctors warn against drinking any type of vinegar, especially apple cider vinegar, the most common vinegar used for this type of dieting. This is because of the highly acidic nature of the liquid. Drinking straight apple cider vinegar or consuming the tablets have been known to cause burning in the throat and can irritate the throat, esophagus, and lining of the stomach. Additionally, regular consumption of the vinegar can cause digestive upset.
Another reason many doctors do not support this diet is because proof of its effectiveness has been difficult to document. Many medical professionals suggest instead that a regimen of a balanced diet including fresh foods and regular cardiovascular and strength training exercises be followed.